Governor Cuomo’s secretary and top advisor Melissa DeRosa resigns

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — Governor Andrew Cuomo’s secretary is stepping down.

Melissa DeRosa is seen as the governor’s top advisor and accompanied him at nearly every briefing he held during the coronavirus pandemic, even defending him at times during his latest sexual harassment scandals.

DeRosa issued a statement that reads:

"It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve the people of New York for the past 10 years. New Yorkers’ resilience, strength and optimism through the most difficult times has inspired me every day. Personally, the past 2 years have been emotionally and mentally trying. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to have worked with such talented and committed colleagues on behalf of our state."